What is mythology?

An painting depicting Apollo when he defeats cyclops, from Greek Mythology

A myth is symbolic narrative, usually of unknown origin and at least partly traditional, that supposedly relates to actual events and that is especially associated with religious belief. It is distinguished from symbolic behavior (cult, ritual) and symbolic places or objects (temples, icons).

Myths are specific accounts of gods or superhuman beings involved in extraordinary events or circumstances in a time that is unspecified but which is understood as existing apart from ordinary human experience. The term mythology denotes both the study of myth and the body of myths belonging to a particular religious tradition.

Myths have been around since ancient times and were present in famous Greek stories (Greek mythology), with characters ranging from the atrocities of the early gods to the brutal wars of Troy and Thebes, from the youthful pranks of Hermes to the heartfelt grief of Demeter for Persephone, all depicted in minute detail in a bewildering range of media. The cast of characters included many gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, monsters, daemons, nymphs, satyrs, and centaurs.